Friday, January 7, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge: Sketch #5


Can you guess that I went to my doctor today? Today’s sketch for The Sketchbook Challenge is an apple, a symbol of good health. I have Type 2 Diabetes, and I have not been paying enough attention to it lately. It is time to make a change. Perhaps I can improve both my drawing skills and my diet this year!

This is my favorite type of apple, Honeycrisp. These apples, created through a cross-pollination of Honeygold and Macoun apples, just started showing up in our local grocery stores in the past few years, and I am totally addicted to them. They are what the name promises, both sweet and crunchy, as well as slightly tart and juicy. I tried to capture the interesting bands of color – from red to orange, yellow and green — and their mottled appearance in my drawing. 

I also wanted to play with some background texture on my page today, so I penciled in some Xs and Os on part of the page, and I’m liking it. 

My goal for this year is to eat more apples and fewer sweets – and to keep sketching!

16 comments:

  1. I love the XO background texture idea! That was a nice added touch.

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  2. I enjoy your blog and your artwork as well. The sketch is nice & colorful! Keep your New Year's resolution to keep your diabetes under control. I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, and in the past 4 months I have eaten a diabetic diet and lost 30 lbs. I gave up sugar completely and within one week felt this amazing energy! Saw the doc yesterday and he said my blood looks great now! I'm going to keep it up and lose 20 lbs. more. You are worth it, take care of yourself! Love your artwork!

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  3. Thanks, Maeve,
    I did it before and I know I can do it again. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Honeycrisp are my fave, too. I have borderline high blood sugar and have to constantly watch my diet.

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  5. I'm also a sugar addict! I'll try to follow your example and eat a Honeycrisp a day. I love your sketch and your quilts.

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  6. Your goal to eat more apples and less sweet would also be perfect for me!

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  7. Oh, I love honeycrisps, too! They are so yummy!

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  8. Hi, I wanted to say I love your books on machine quilting, I wonder if you can send me the mail on delivery to Spain because here there are none.
    thank you!
    I love your work ...
    kiss

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  9. Thanks so much, Juana,
    They are DVDs, rather than books. And yes, I do ship internationally. You can find information on my website here:

    http://www.bluemoonriver.com/WorkshopDVD.html

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  10. What a lovely sketch.
    We all need to take good care of our health so thanks for the reminder.

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  11. Yikes, Susan -take care of yourself! Fortunately, the diabetic diet is good for everybody; I have hypoglycemia and eat very little suger, which is fine because I don't love sweet things -- and gin has no carbs--LOL.

    I want to see you in good health at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in June, where we are both going to have the best fun teaching (except for our students, who will have even more fun!).

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  12. It will be great to see you at Symposium, Rayna! I hope to be skinnier and have lower blood sugar levels by then! If I don't, you have my permission to kick me in the rear. ;-)

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  13. You are not alone in your resolve to get your diabetes under control again. I used to have it under great control and lapsed over time, so I am right there with you all the way. If you need any encouragement along the way, please feel free to let me know.

    I love the artwork, and you're doing great at keeping it going! I look forward to seeing each new one.

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  14. I can't eat sugar because it feeds my allergies, so I guess I am lucky not to have to worry about it. I was big on sweets, but over the years have gotten used to not having them and making foods that taste sweet to me. Apples are definitely a good food to use for sweets, I make cookies with no sugar and grate apples into them for flavor. Apple crisp is good too, though the butter might not be, the apples and oatmeal are healthy;)

    Debbie

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  15. I love the apple picture today! And Honeycrisp are my favorites too. They are good from their very first to their very last appearance at the store, never get mushy. Yumm think I'll go have one now. Thanks....

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  16. The apple sketch is really nice. I really like your lettering, and the x and o background is a clever idea....very attractive!

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